Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The take-anywhere portability of the Stress Away Roll-On allows you to manage stress even when on the go*.
The vanilla in Stress Away doesn't contain water, like most absolutes on the market.
Regular lime oil, like most citrus oils, contains coumarins that are potentially photosensitizing and damaging to the skin. YLTG lime essential oil is coumarin-free to minimize skin sensitivity, especially when in the sun! Pick up Stress Away for a natural solution to everyday stress!
Monday, September 28, 2009
1. Everything in the universe was created for God's glory and our joy.
2. Believe in miracles by participating in the power of prayer.
3. Become educated to take responsibility for personal health and wellness while developing compassion for others.
Special thanks to Purell Hand Sanitizer for sponsoring this blog hop.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Kick Off welcome reception on Wednesday night was top notch to say the least. The food was oh-so-yummy, there was live jazz playing, ice sculptures, and the Ningxia Red was flowing.
Some of the appetizer delights included mounds of stuffed olives, turkey/asparagus wraps, spicy chicken tenders, walleye cakes with lemon aoili, spinach artichoke dip, and turkey meatballs. Almost everything was seasoned/flavored with an essential oil like basil, thyme, lemon, etc. MMMM!
Having a great time with dear oil-lovin' friends Shelly (left) and Sara (right). Shelly is my next door neighbor and a distributor in my Young Living organization. Sara is on the worship team at my church and also lives on our street. Shelly and I basked in the essence of grapefruit at the aroma/oxygen bar in the Product Expo and did lots of giggling.
Who is going with me??
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Young Living has a very good return policy, so if you would like to try the products and are dissatisfied for any reason you can return them to the company. See policy below.
A member may return any opened product with which the member is dissatisfied within thirty (30) days after shipment for a credit on the member’s Young Living® account of the purchase price and applicable sales tax (less shipping charges). A member may return any sealed, opened product or defective product with which a member is dissatisfied up to ninety (90) days after shipment for credit of the purchase price and applicable sales tax (less shipping charges and a 10% handling fee).
I have been using Young Living oils and products for almost 10 years and have never needed to return anything-the quality is outstanding!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
You have probably seen the billboards and the TV ads asking the question "Are YOU the face of influenza?" To me, this question has victim written all over it. Don't get me wrong, we should definitely be concerned about contracting the flu, but should not fear it. With its dramatic tone and ominous black and white photos, the influenza awareness campaigns really play up the fear factor in a very subtle way. If one pays close attention, this campaign is actually an advertisement for vaccines.
My question would be "Is your immune system ready to face influenza?" Powerful bacteria and virus fighting essential oils are a great asset to your medicine cabinet for supporting the immune system. Here are some of the simple things that can be done to assist the body's natural defenses:
#1 Pray for your immune system and for the protection of your loved ones health many times daily. Do not be afraid, only believe!
- Wash hands often, and avoid using unwashed hands to touch eyes, mouth, or nose. Cover nose and mouth with a sleeve or tissue if possible when sneezing or coughing. Avoid close contact with individuals that are not well.
- In between washing, use a natural hand sanitizer with germ fighting essential oils such as Young Living's Thieves Waterless Hand Sanitizer. Avoid Purell, Dial, and many other common commercial sanitizers since soaking up all those synthetic chemical antibacterial agents and perfumes through our skin isn't promoting good health!
- Get enough restful sleep.
- Avoid sugary foods, this is especially tough during the holiday season. Sugar promotes acid and mucus production in the body. This can throw off proper ph levels which then creates a welcome environment for bacteria and viruses to thrive. NO high fructose corn syrup! Daily probiotics before bed encourages healthy intestinal flora with good bacteria.
- Be aware of psychoneuroimmunology, the study of how emotional and other psychological responses influence the biochemistry of the brain, hormone production, and the immune response. Our thoughts affect our bodies' immune system responses. Stress, fear, and worry can lower the production of the cells needed to fight disease.
- Educate yourself about vaccine risks and think twice about getting the flu shot. As with many vaccines, the often permanent damaging effects to our health can be much worse than getting the disease/virus.
- Maintain proper Vitamin D and antioxidant supplement intake as well as eating a healthy diet rich in essential fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidant fruits and vegetables.
Diffuse, diffuse, diffuse!
If you don't have a high quality cold air diffuser in your home yet, now is the perfect time to get into the practice of diffusing essential oils daily to create an unfriendly environment for the flu virus to hang out. Heating essential oils can damage the fragile therapeutic molecules, so candle burners, light bulb rings, and a pan of hot water on the stove are not good methods for diffusing. Some cold air diffusers like Young Living's Ultrasonic model have a built in timer. Running a diffuser in a central room of the home for 15 minutes every hour works well to disperse the micro fine oil mist and circulate it through the air where they can remain suspended for days. In very large homes, one diffuser is needed on each level for maximum therapeutic benefit.
Below are the essential oils that should be stocked in every home's medicine cabinet this fall!
Top virus-fighting essential oils for diffusing:
Young Living's Thieves Essential Oil Blend (see the full Thieves line of products)
Tea Tree (melaleuca alternifolia)
Top virus-fighting essential oils to apply topically:
Young Living's Thieves Essential Oil Blend
Young Living's Di-Gize Essential Oil Blend
Young Living's ImmuPower Essential Oil Blend
Top virus-fighting essential oil supplements for internal use:
Young Living's Inner Defense Softgels
Young Living's Digest and Cleanse Softgels
DILUTE one EO single or blend 50:50 with a carrier oil and massage 2-4 drops on the chest, stomach, or lower back 2-4 times daily. Rotating singles and blends for each application works well so there aren't too many scents combining at the same time!
COMPRESS: Apply diluted oils above to lower abdomen and place a very warm damp towel 1-2 times daily.
Influenza Recipe for bath (from Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th edition)
- 2 drops Eucalyptus radiata
- 6 drops frankincense
- 3 drops blue cypress
- 6 drops spruce
- 15 drops ravensara
- 1 drop wintergreen
Stir above essential oils thoroughly into 1 cup of Epsom salt or baking soda, then add mixture to hot bath water while tub is filling. Soak in hot bath until water cools. If you have very sensitive skin do a hot foot soak with a quarter of the mixture instead of full bath.
Every person's immune system responds in its own unique way when exposed to a bacteria or virus. There are no guaranteed silver bullets that will make us invincible, however essential oils have proven to be very beneficial and effective before, during, and after illness. To get the full therapeutic potential, essential oils MUST be therapeutic/medicinal grade products and MUST be used consistently. Playing around casually with them here and there just won't be effective especially in the face of a tough virus like H1N1. Learn as much as you can and arm yourself with these powerful, natural virus-fighting gifts from nature! Ask me about getting a Young Living wholesale account so you can save 24% off Customer prices on all your purchases.These tips are for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Anyone who has a compromised immune system or thinks they may have the flu should consult with their health care provider.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
For you have been my refuge,
I long to dwell in your tent forever
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
was the caption on the big poster I taped to our refrigerator door one New Years Day. Was it 1985? I don't exactly recall. It was illustrated with many colorful drawings of various plants that may not have been all that botanically correct. What I remember most was that I posted it with gusto and serious conviction as if a huge chapter was being turned in our lives. This defining moment of resolution was broken by my younger sister who quipped "if we are starting the new year with herbs, why are we making popcorn balls?"
My family lived on a 6 acre hobby farm most of my growing up years and the meadows surrounding us were bountiful with a variety of medicinal plants. Humbly flourishing right in the middle of our driveway was the sweet smelling chamomile with its bright yellow flowers that stained our hands when we crushed them to further enjoy the sweet scent. Mom was sick a lot when we lived on the farm. She battled kidney,bladder, and sinus infections, bronchitis, gingivitis, and then horrific migraines that often lasted for weeks. There was no health insurance and we rarely saw a doctor during those years. When Mom did get prescriptions now and then, her liver couldn't handle the drugs.
Necessity is the mother of invention, isn't that how it goes? Our rule of thumb as kids was to pick something pretty, make Mom a tea out of it, then go find the big green book to see what it was good for. Oh, the thrill of learning that the fuzzy leaves of mullein were soothing to the bronchial or those Seuss-like little purple heads of red clover cleansed the kidneys and bladder! My sisters and I would go herb harvesting and arrange our fresh stash on a cookie sheet to dry. Then wide mouth Kerr canning jars were filled and labeled neatly in my mother's handwriting with her black Scripto pen. All the jars were placed in alphabetical order on shelves we crafted out of barn bricks and scrap boards to make space for our herbal remedies in the tiny room we called the pantry.
I spent many blissful hours hovering over our apothecary, opening jars, sniffing deeply, then opening another. There was something so comforting about those jars, so dependable, like being surrounded by caring friends. Occasionally on a winter night I would grab blankets and a pillow to sleep on the pantry floor in front of the big freezer. A bit of heat escaped from the metal grate at the bottom of the freezer. The kitchen clock ticked on the other side of the wall while earthy aromas lulled me to happier times running barefoot in the green meadows. I was so cold.